Tavistock Considering This Downtown Parking Lot as Potential New Home for Orlando Museum of Art

In 2015 we told you that the Orlando Museum of Art wanted to move downtown into a new building "that morphs into the public square of art and ideas and is the place where people will want to gather."

In November 2016 we told you the ugly ass parking lot adjacent to the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts would continue being an ugly ass parking lot for another 12 months.

Well that could change in the future.

On Wednesday, Growthspotter reported that this lot is one of several sites up for consideration as the new home for the Orlando Museum of Art; the developers (Tavistock) filed a zoning verification inquiry (as part of their Orlando Museum of Art site selection process) to build a 450,000 sq ft mixed use building & parking garage on the lot. 

This spot would make sense because it would share a giant lawn with Dr Phillips making the area a hub for performing and visual arts. It's adjacent to the Aloft and Magnolia Anderson hotels as well. 

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Thornton Park Loses Its Third Restaurant in Eight Months

Thornton Park will have lost its third restaurant in eight months when Baoery Asian Gastropub shuts its doors for good this Friday. 
  1. Last August, Wildside BBQ closed. Graffiti Junction left their space down the street and moved into the Wildside space. The former Graffiti Junction space remains unoccupied. 
  2. Last November Verde Mexican Soul Food closed in the former Tijuana Flats space. 
  3. This Friday Baoery Asian Gastropub will close. 
Baoery opened October 2015 on the ground floor of a condo building at 617 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 3280 (MAP)  Size was a factor in the restaurant's demise according to what Chef Greg Ritchie told Scott Joseph. He said the restaurant should have been half the size it was. (Perhaps the bao bunnery would do well in the half-size Taco Bell-adjacent tiny dead Subway?) There are no hard plans for the space currently according to Orlando Weekly. 

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POSTMEDIA NETWORK: 4 reasons to visit Orlando that have nothing to do with theme parks (A Local Tour of Central Florida)

POSTMEDIA NETWORK: 4 reasons to visit Orlando that have nothing to do with theme parks (A Local Tour of Central Florida) SOURCE: Jim Byers Travel By Jim Byers, Special to Postmedia Network First posted: Monday, March 27, 2017 12:28 PM EDT | Updated: Monday, March 27, 2017 12:45 PM EDT ORLANDO – Stephanie Gray could’ve […]

TRENDING: Mills 50 District featured in January 2017 Delta Sky Magazine and Destinations Orlando Section

TRENDING: Mills 50 District featured in Delta Sky Magazine Destinations Orlando Section Source: Delta Sky Magazine January 2017 Edition SUSAN B. BARNES, January 2017 Why Now: Like many cities across the country, Orlando is experiencing a renaissance of its urban core’s districts and neighborhoods. Mills 50, just northeast of downtown, is the “intersection of creativity […]

50 Food Stations and 30 Wineries at the 2017 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Food & Wine Classic (Website) will return for its eighth year October 27 and 28th with unlimited tastings at more than 50 food stations and 30 wineries. The live band is always a highlight, along with the atmosphere: a dimly lit part-festival atmosphere surrounded on both sides by lakes. Advance tickets $115 per person. Upgraded with beer garden $140 per person.  BUY TICKETS NOW

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Google’s New Share Location Maps Feature Prevents You From Being Able to Lie About Bad Traffic Ever Again!

Google just launched a new feature that allows you to share your real-time location as your driving. This gives folks you're meeting up with an idea of how long you'll take to arrive. They can see exactly where you are on the road! You choose the duration of time you want this information shared. 
  1. Open the side menu in Google Maps
  2. Tap "Share Location"
  3. Select who to share it with
  4. Select the duration
  5. You can send a link to your real-time location on your favorite messenger apps. 

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9 Things to do this Saturday April 1 2017

Mills50 Madcap The second annual Mills 50 Madcap takes place on Saturday, April 1! Madcap is sort of like a scavenger hunt - sort of like a pub crawl - but mostly like a party! Individual participants and teams gather at The Brass Tap - Mills Park at noon to receive instructions and clues. Participants will go to various locations and solve puzzles and complete tasks before moving on to the next location. After finishing, everyone will gather at Ten 10 Brewing Company for a party, where prizes will be awarded for Best Team Costume and Best Team! Every participant receives a free goody bag filled with items from Mills 50 businesses! $20 per person.

A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch The Philharmonic will honor the legacy of the late Marvin Hamlisch in this concert featuring many of his most beloved songs. Joining the Philharmonic on stage will be Tony award-winner Donna McKechnie (from the original Broadway cast of A Chorus Line), Jodi Benson (the singing voice of Ariel in The Little Mermaid) and Doug LeBrecque (Broadway actor and frequent Hamlisch collaborator).

Vintage Garden Show It's that time again our favorite Spring Specialty Show the Sixth Annual "Vintage Garden Show" April 1 & 2 9AM - 5PM. This show is bursting with spring blooms, and displays to inspire you for your home indoors and out. Shop vendors from all over the Southeast, enjoy a complimentary Kid's Craft Tent, pet portraits by Leash, Inc., and tasty plates of food while listening to toe-tapping music. Take in the abundant variety of foliage, antiques, and vintage ware. FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING!! Come experience a wonderful display of vintage and antique garden decor, plants, and herbs.

5th Annual Downtown Brew Bring your pretzel necklaces and come join the party while you enjoy unlimited samples of over 40 different types of craft beer. You will get to decide who takes home the People’s Choice trophy. A sneak peak of some of the *breweries participating this year include The Bear and Peacock; Black Cauldron Brewing; Broken Strings; Orlando Brewing, Reprise, Tactical Brewing, Kona, Goose Island, Tampa Bay, Big Top, Big Storm, Shipyard, Sweetwater, Motorworks, First Magnitude, Bold City, Tomoka, Suncreek Brewing and Deadly Sins Brewing. Downtown Brew takes over Church Street each spring with Craft Beer, Music, and Fun. There will be food for sale from our local merchants on Church Street, and it will be a day of fun in the suns. Tickets are $25.00 pre-sale or $35.00 cash only at the door. Stay and play! Drink responsibly and checkout our local hotel partners Aloft Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott, Grand Bohemian, and Residence Inn by Marriott Orlando Downtown. Special thank you to our event sponsors the Downtown Development Board of Orlando, Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, and Visit Florida.

Pillowlando 2017 Giant public pillow fight to coincide with International Pillow Fight Day. Guests meet up, pillows in hand. The person in charge blows a whistle and for a set time, strangers battle strangers with pillows. No prizes, no winners, just laughs and fun with pillows in hand. Dress up in costume if you like or just come in normal pillowfighting gear/armor.

Rabbit or Jackelope Taxidermy Class (Each student will leave class with a fully finished piece, and the knowledge to create their own pieces in the future. It is recommended students bring a bag or box to transport their pieces.) This class is designed for beginners to learn professional level techniques used in small mammal taxidermy. By focusing on the facial features, students will create a rabbit or jackalope shoulder mount that can be affixed to a plaque or hung as is. Students will learn proper skinning and fleshing procedures, how to split, turn and position facial features, including the ears, proper preservation techniques, grooming, and the traditional methods of sculpting and carving a bust to create a shoulder mount form. Students can choose to create a natural display, or create a jackalope/hybrid creature using antler pieces, or sculpting their own. As always, students are also welcome to bring their own props or accessories if desired.

Cattle Barons Ball This event will feature a gourmet dine around by Central Florida’s finest chefs, restaurants and resorts, tasty libations, live country and pop entertainment, silent and live auctions, interactive activities and dancing ‘til the clock strikes gold. Restaurants include: 
A Land Remembered at Rosen Shingle Creek
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
Café Tu Tu Tango 
Cala Bella Restaurant at Rosen Shingle Creek
Capa at Four Seasons Resort
Curb Side Chef Food Truck 
Empress Sissi Cake & Pastry Specialties
Everglades at Rosen Centre
Florida Nitro
4 Rivers Smokehouse
Fresh Point 
Jack’s Place at Rosen Plaza
John & Shirley’s Catering
Nestle´ Professional
Reunion Resort
Rosen Shingle Creek 
Savor… at Osceola Heritage Park
STK Orlando 
Tapa Toro
Taverna Opa
Vital Flair Catering 
Whisper Creek Farm: The Kitchen at JW Marriott
Yak & Yeti 

Artbourne Release Party at Timucua House Doors Open at 6:00PM with Magazine signing and artist meet & greet. Performance at 7:30 PM. Featured artists: Andrew Spear, Forrest MacDonald, and Kieran Castaño. Beer and wine available.

Discover Your Calling Etsy workshop - In this workshop, you will map your superpowers and connect the dots between them in order to activate your entire vital system. This playshop will be part personal constellation discovery work plus strategic group coaching by Julie Wilder to help find a vehicle for you to monetize your calling. This session will be followed by a workshop on Etsy.

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